NEW RICHMOND, Wis. (KMSP) - The New Richmond Police Department is still investigating a homicide involving a mother and her 10-year-old child, and is asking anyone who has had contact with the victims or the person of interest to call police.
Courtney L. Bradford and Jasmine L. Bradford were found dead inside a home in the 1400 block of Hallewood Boulevard on Sept. 3.
A suspect is in custody in connection with the 30-year-old woman and 10-year-old child found dead inside a New Richmond, Wisconsin home Wednesday afternoon. Fire crews were responding to a call about smoke and running water at the house around 12:30 p.m. and found Courtney upstairs and Jasmine in the basement.
Police tracked the “person of interest,” 37-year-old Cristian Daniel "Danny" Nunez to El Paso, Texas, where he was arrested the next morning, according to the New Richmond Police Department. Police believe Nunez-Ortega drove Courtney's car to Des Moines, Iowa, abandoned it and flew to Texas.
New Richmond Police Chief Mark Samelstad said he believes Nunez-Ortega is Bradford's ex-boyfriend. He remains in custody in Texas on felony warrants issued by the St. Croix County District Attorney's Office for operating a motor vehicle without the owner's consent and credit card fraud. Nunez has not been charged in connection with the deaths.
The Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office ruled both deaths a homicide. Preliminary autopsy reports found Bradford and her daughter had multiple stab wounds. 10-year-old also had injuries consistent with sexual assault, according to a statement.
Anyone who has had contact with Cristian D. Nunez, Courtney L. Bradford or Jasmine L. Bradford please contact the New Richmond Police Department.
“Specifically, anyone who had contact (personally, by cell phone, text messaging or via Facebook) with any of the three individuals between August 28th 2015 thru September 2nd 2015.
If anyone has information regarding this investigation, Please contact St. Croix County Dispatch at 715-246-6131 and request to speak with a New Richmond Detective. All callers will be contact by a Department Detective." - New Richmond Police Department